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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Donation Helps with Smiles for Ryan

Ryan Larsen family

Bell Bank employees in Detroit Lakes, Minn., pooled their Pay It Forward funds to help with surgery costs for a customer’s child, who was born with a birth defect that prevents him from smiling.

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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Rallying Around Families Following Tragedy

Fargo Standoff

Bell Bank employees paid it forward to two families following a tragic Fargo standoff last February.

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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Donation Helps Students Create Caring Culture

Liberty Middle School

Heather Heick’s Pay It Forward Donation helped Liberty Middle School in West Fargo, N.D., with anti-bullying programming.

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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

North Minneapolis Gym Gives Kids a Fighting Chance

Fighting Chance Boxing Club

Pay It Forward dollars helped fund the Fighting Chance Boxing Club, which provides free programming for kids in north Minneapolis.

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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Donation Helps Feed Hungry Children

Girl Scout group

Brent Walz’s Pay It Forward donation helped a St. Paul Girl Scout troop provide food for elementary students for three months.

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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Donation Helps Soup Kitchen Continue Feeding the Hungry

St. Mary's Soup Kitchen

Michelle Enge used her Pay It Forward funds to buy a new refrigerator for St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen in Albany, Ore.


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Friends and Family December 07, 2016

Minneapolis-Area and Arizona Employees Spend ‘Friends and Family’ Time, Money

Twin Cities Friends and Family

Here are just a few of the 2016 Friends and Family stories from our Minneapolis, Minn.-area and Phoenix, Ariz., teams.


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Friends and Family December 07, 2016

Fargo-Area Employees Share Their ‘Friends and Family’ Time, Money

Eric Halvorson and family

Check out some of the 2016 Friends and Family stories from our Fargo-area team.

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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Golfing for a Good Cause

Roloff golf tournament

Adam Roloff started a golf tournament to raise money for people and organizations in need.


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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Donation Helps Zookeeper Care for Orphaned Kangaroo

Beth Fedje

Beth Fedje used her Pay It Forward donation to help a zookeeper take care of an orphaned kangaroo joey.

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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Banding Together for a Former Colleague Diagnosed With Cancer

Amy Suek

Bell Bank employees joined forces to help a former co-worker diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.

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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Bell Bank Employees Give School Supplies Surprise

School supplies surprise

Three Bell Bank employees pooled their Pay It Forward funds to surprise people in the Fargo-Moorhead community with gift cards to be used for school supplies.


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Pay It Forward December 07, 2016

Cyclist Rides Across U.S. to Raise Money for Fargo Nonprofit

Paul Shol Legacy Tour

Steve Swanson contributed his Pay It Forward funds to the Paul Shol Legacy Tour, a cross-country bike tour to raise money for the Legacy Children’s Foundation.

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Pay It Forward December 02, 2016

Bell Bank Employees Ring It Forward - 2016

ring it forward photo

Bell Bank employees in the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo areas rang Salvation Army bells at all of the kettle sites across the community Nov. 18.

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Pay It Forward September 22, 2016

Pay It Forward Helps Children Newly Adopted from Ukraine

Linda Lieser, a receptionist in Bell Bank’s Alexandria, Minn., branch, used her Pay It Forward funds to help some children from Ukraine develop their English skills over the summer.

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Pay It Forward August 15, 2016

Northern Cass Softball Gives to Teammate's Family

The Northern Cass Jaguars softball team took advantage of an opportunity to make a difference for a family involved in the program.

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Community Connect July 25, 2016

Legacy Children's Foundation

A Bell Bank Pay It Forward Community Connect donation is helping a Fargo nonprofit acquire a place to operate.

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Pay It Forward July 07, 2016

Special Olympics Bond

Bell Bank Mortgage loan officer, Steve O'Connor, has a special place in his heart for the Special Olympics. His daughter, Lindsay, has autism and has competed since Steve started coaching eight years ago.

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Pay It Forward June 27, 2016

Hero Hunt

JaNell Carpenter, HSA analyst at HealthcareBank, gave Pay It Forward funds to support a cause for soldiers with an all-expense paid day of upland hunting, sporting clays, prizes, breakfast, lunch and camaraderie with fellow servicemen/women.

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Pay It Forward May 27, 2016

Sewing It Forward

One January day when Emily said she was bored, Tammy took her to the library and they found a book about sewing projects to sell. That’s where they got the idea for the owl bag pattern.

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Pay It Forward May 26, 2016

Detroit Lakes Scholarship

In 2016 the $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Wyatt Nelson who will be attending the University of Minnesota - Duluth and majoring in Engineering.

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Pay It Forward April 29, 2016

A Chance to Say Thank You

Andrew Kalvoda, a virtual bank service consultant at Bell Bank, will be touring Washington, D.C. with his 13-year-old son, Jordan, in a few weeks. It's part of class trip Jordan is taking with his eighth-grade class at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead. This will be Andrew and Jordan's first time visiting the nation's capital.

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